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My MINIMALIST MARATHON


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I already wrote a race report, but I forgot one VERY IMPORTANT detail:

This was my first marathon in MINIMALIST SHOES!!


I ran this marathon in my Saucony Hattoris, true minimalist, 0-drop shoes. As of mid-February or so this year, I have ONLY been running in these or my VFF Bikilas.

So, how do I feel post-marathon???

*** I have absolutey NO sore muscles whatsoever. None. Zip. Zero. Nada. Null. Indicating that I really did take this marathon at a comfortable pace, without pushing myself.

*** I have no other aches or pains, other than ever-so-SLIGHT tenderness in my ankles. Obviously, running in minimalist shoes puts a little more strain on those stabilizing muscles & tendons. But even this is not debilitating or extremely painful!! I had some slight pain in my hip on Sunday, but that had even vanished by Monday morning.

*** I went for a very slow & easy 5-mile run this morning in my VFFs, & felt GREAT!!

I am gonna chalk this up as a HUGE success in the minimalist running for me!!! WOOT WOOT!

I also feel like this marathon was that absolute BEST choice for me to do my first minimalist marathon. The relaxed atmosphere & lack of pressure for a certain pace was PERFECT! I did not want to tear up my body, & it absolutely worked, even WITH lots of hills & pavement the entire course!

Since fully transitioning to minimalist shoes earlier this year, I have noticed I suffer from significantly LESS aches & pains following my long runs than EVER before. I am not sure if it can definitely be attributed to the shoes for me, OR if running in minimalist shoes has just helped me be more attentive to my form, & through changing things up along the way & improving my form, I am protecting myself from injury.

Either way, I LOVE the minimalist running!! I do NOT foresee myself EVER returning to "normal" shoes!!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JANEKGETTINGFIT 5/2/2013 11:16PM

    You have come a long way! emoticon

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HHOLT6 10/4/2012 3:31PM

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LZY0108 8/15/2012 3:05PM

    That's really cool! emoticon

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PROJECTFIT4LIFE 8/14/2012 12:14PM

    interesting...i have been eyeing some minamalist shoes but am afraid to make the switch....i just might have to dive in after all!

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JUNEPA 7/22/2012 11:21PM

    wow, your journey is inspirational !!
A few months ago I started using minimalist shoes, in my case Merrell gloves, Pace and Dash and I really like them and they are for sure improving my fitness and running endurance. My weak point in running is my feet, and these type of shoes allow the feet to strengthen instead of being overprotected and always being sore after long runs. Kind of not logical that my feet are less sore in shoes that protect less haha, but it did work that way.

Comment edited on: 7/22/2012 11:23:54 PM

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RUNBAREFOOTMAMA 7/21/2012 10:38PM

    Love to hear about minimalist shoe success! Glad to hear it all went well. emoticon

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SLEEPYDEAN 7/19/2012 6:03PM

    I didn't know you'd been running in Hatori's. Very cool!

I've been using Saucony Fastwitches which i think have a 4mm drop and I love them, but was worried about using them for higher mileage (half distance) because someone here commented that they had foot problems in them over 6 miles.

I guess it just takes time for those different muscles to get used to it, but I think I may just try them on a long run to see if they'll work for my half in September. I think the big, cushy shoes may be contributing to my knee/foot pain.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 7/18/2012 8:39AM

    hmmm, interesting. I have never thought about this before. wheels are turning-thanks!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 7/17/2012 5:28PM

    emoticon You did awesome.

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AELARLEE1 7/17/2012 3:47PM

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IRP1114 7/17/2012 10:11AM

    You are such an inspiration Darcy. Give me plenty of notice when you come to my neck of the woods so I can pick up my running just enough so I can keep up with you on one of your "easy" runs girl!
Definitely a success. emoticon

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RUN2BEFREE 7/17/2012 9:44AM

    Awesome Darcy! I have bought some 0.4 mm drop shoes to walk around town in - just to see what this is all about. I'm not sure with all my issues that I will ever completely convert over to minimalist shoes for running - but I can tell a difference in my calves and knees just from wearing these to walk or run errands in.

Very impressive!

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GOLFERGIRL21 7/17/2012 8:42AM

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